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Noh costume (Karaori)

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Noh theater robe (karaori), for female role, with design of wisteria in blue, green, reddish-orange, purple, pink and white silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts over twill-weave silk ground covered with a cypress fence pattern (higaki) in gilt paper discontinuous supplementary...

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By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 18th century

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Overall: 154.6 x 124.3 cm (60 7/8 x 48 15/16 in.) Other (Collar): 13 cm (5 1/8 in.) Center back (without collar): 148.3 cm (58 3/8 in.) Center front (without collar): 155.6 cm (61 1/4 in.)

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Silk, 2/1 twill ground, patterned with supplementary gilt-paper patterning wefts tied in 1/2 twill order; silk weft floats; some later embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Arts